Fraser, born in Lower Hutt, New Zealand, began his drumming career
at the age of 6 being taught by his father, Don Fraser. His father
is still a well known former Lead Drummer and current Judge in
band experience started around 1978 with the City of Wellington
Pipe Band -- which at the time was New Zealand's premier pipe
band -- where he progressed from the grade 4 band to become lead
drummer of the Grade 2 band and, ultimately, a member of the very
sucessful Grade one band.
with the City of Wellington, Alistair followed his father's footsteps
by travelling with the
to Edinburgh, Scotland to perform in the Edinburgh Military Tattoo
1987. His Father had made the same trip in 1980.
In 1991, Alistair embarked
on a lifestyle change and departed Wellington for Auckland where
he joined the American Airlines Pipe band, resulting in yet more
success with NZ Championship wins for both the band and drum corps.
The end of 1994 saw Alistair transferring back to his home city
of Wellington where he joined the New Zealand Police Pipe Band under
Lead Drummer Carl Lenny of Shotts & Dykehead fame. This saw
the beginning of a very good friendship with Carl that exists to
Marriage to a drummer
in 1996 saw a Canadian connection open up, as his wife Carol was
a former Lead Drummer with the Vancouver Ladies Pipe Band. In 1998,
Alistair & Carol left New Zealand for British Columbia where
they currently live.
This became yet another
opportunity for Alistair to play with Carl Lenny, as Carl had taken
over the Los Angeles Scots drum corp and Alistair was brought in
during the year to play with Carl
both local competitions
and at the World Pipe Band Championships.
With the departure of
Carl from LA to Scotland in 2003, Alistair made an approach to
the Maple Ridge Pipe Band to take over the drum corps. This was
accepted and the corps went from mediocre to strength as it started
winning local competitions in both drumming and ensemble. His
final year with Maple Ridge was 2006 and ended with the band
touring to Scotland for the World Pipe Band Championships, where
the drum corps achieved a very respectable 4th place out of 19
in the Grade two qualifier. Unfortunately, the band did not progress
to the final and so the 4th place was where it ended.
on the role of building a drum corps for the newly formed RCMP "E"
Division Pipes & Drums where he was joined by his former Maple
Ridge colleagues, Gwyn MacGregor and Rob Smith.
In March, 2008, Alistair
stepped down as Drum Sergeant to further pursue the competitive
band scene with the Grade 1 Windsor
Police Pipe Band.